Study Highlights Why Humans Choose Certain Dogs
We’ve all heard the old cliché that people look like their dogs, but would you be surprised to find out that people and their dogs tend to socialize, eat and learn new skills in very similar ways, too?
According to the Natural Balance Canine Personality Study—a survey of 1,015 U.S. dog parents conducted by Natural Balance Pet Foods in conjunction with Learndipity Data Insights—Americans love dogs who are often just like them.
People choose dogs that act like them.
Sixty-six percent of extroverted people have extroverted dogs—and there’s a 65 percent chance that an introverted dog will have an introverted human parent. If you’re a choosy eater, your dog is three times more likely to be one as well. If you identify as a lifelong learner, then there’s a 72 percent chance your dog will be good at learning new tricks.
Dogs display complex emotions, just like we do.
Dogs’ personalities are highly nuanced and they experience many emotions that are all too familiar to us humans. If you’re hurt or late coming home, 90 percent of dog parents believe your dog is worried about you. Seventy-nine percent say dogs can feel embarrassment, while 93 percent are certain they’ve seen their dog smile.
Dogs strongly influence the emotions of their human parents.
According to 79 percent of dog parents, their dogs consciously and actively attempt to comfort them. Fifty-five percent report that their dog looks at them with loving eyes that communicate deep emotion; 52 percent say their dog is able to accurately sense when they are sad.